I Walk at Night by Lois Duncan
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A child's cat takes the reader along on its adventures, transforming itself from a household pet to a prowling creature of the night. But when morning comes, the cat returns to its familiar, cuddly self.

Award-winning author Lois Duncan, known for suspenseful young adult novels like I Know What You Did Last Summer, brings her talent for drama to much younger readers. Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, who are well known for their use of color and striking perspectives, capture on paper the mystery of cats.
 

About Lois Duncan

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Lois Duncan was born on April 28, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and she grew up in Sarasota, Florida. She attended the University of New Mexico. Duncan knew she wanted to be a writer from an early age. At the age of 10 she submitted her first story to a magazine and at 13, her first story was published . Throughout high-school, she wrote regularly for young people's publications, particularly Seventeen Magazine. She writes popular suspense stories for young people. These titles include I Know What You Did Last Summer, Night Terrors, Stranger With My Face, Don't Look Behind You and The Twisted Window. She is also the author of the nonfiction Who Killed My Daughter?, the the true story of her won search for her daughter's murderer. Her works have earned her several awards and recognitions. She received the Margaret A. Edwards (MAE) Award in 1992. Many of her novels have been chosen as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. Six of her books have been Junior Literary Guild selections, and three have received Parents' Choice awards. She has also received five Special Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. Duncan currently lives in North Carolina. MICHAEL ST. LAWRENCE & STEVE JOHNSON are partners and cofounders of Outsell, a sales training and consulting business. Before they founded the business, St. Lawrence was vice president of product development and national accounts at Dale Carnegie. Steve Johnson was in the sales training field for 10 years and also worked at Dale Carnegie. Their clients include Merrill Lynch, Pacific Bell, Blue Cross, Dean Witter, The Trane Company, and The Money Store. Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are an illustration team with more than forty picture books in print. Their work has garnered rave reviews and won awards. Their books include My Many Colored Days, Bebop Express, I Walk at Night, New York's Bravest, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Salamander Room. They were also concept artists for Pixar's Toy Story and A Bug's Life. They live in California with their son.
 
Published February 1, 2000 by Viking Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In spare, irregular rhyme, Duncan (Trapped!, 1998, etc.) leads readers on a walk as a house cat goes to “tread on silken toes,” “lap from china bowls,” or “dream of birds and fishes.” The text, while hardly warranting an entire picture book, sets a mood for the tranquil, moon-drenched oil paintings.

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Laden with shadows, the overall effect is dreamy and atmospheric, and makes for grand bedtime fare--although cat fanciers will enjoy it any time of day or night.

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"This lyrical riff on the nature of the cat untwines at a leisurely pace, in hushed verse that hints at the wildness lurking just beneath the surface," said PW.

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